5 Facial Nerve Paralysis Treatment Options
Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills specializes in facial nerve paralysis treatment options that are custom-designed for each individual patient. Dr. Azizzadeh will assess your case during your detail-oriented consultation as he observes your level of facial paralysis and develops a plan that is right for you. He is a leader in the field of facial paralysis surgery whose expertise ensures the best possible outcomes for all of his procedures. Here are 5 ways to treat facial nerve paralysis.
Botox is a safe and effective treatment that is typically used when a patient’s facial paralysis from Bell’s palsy does not go away on its own over time. It relaxes unwanted muscle movements on the normal side of the face and reduces tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis. Botox is most commonly utilized with neuromuscular retraining that will be performed by an experienced physical therapist.
2. Selective Neurolysis
Selective neurolysis is the most cutting-edge advancement in the treatment of patients who cannot generate an appropriate smile due to partial facial paralysis and synkinesis. When a patient suffers from facial paralysis, the platysma muscle pulls the corner of the mouth down and prevents an upward smile motion. The procedure first involves releasing the platysma muscle. Dr. Azizzadeh then selectively decreases the activity of the nerves that counter the smile mechanism to help produce an upward trajectory of the mouth. The patient’s ability to smile is restored as his or her spontaneous facial animation returns.
3. Masseter to Facial Nerve Transfer
Masseter to facial nerve transfer is another facial nerve paralysis treatment option that requires the care of an expert surgeon. During the masseter to facial nerve transfer, Dr. Azizzadeh makes an incision near the front of the ear. The facial nerve and masseteric nerve are identified and sewn together under microscopic magnification. The masseteric nerve, which is used to activate chewing muscles, provides neural input into the paralyzed facial nerve, thereby restoring the facial muscle function and smile.
4. Gracilis Muscle Transplant
Gracilis muscle transplant is a surgery for patients with long-term facial nerve paralysis, usually two or more years. In these cases, the native facial muscles are no longer functional. A transplanted muscle from the groin (gracilis muscle) is necessary if one desires to create natural and spontaneous facial movement. The gracilis muscle is located in the inner thigh. This muscle is very special because it can be transplanted to the face with its nerve, artery, and vein. A small segment can be used and attached to cross-facial nerve grafts or the hypoglossal nerve. Dr. Azizzadeh utilizes microsurgical techniques to perform this operation.
Facelift surgery for those who suffer from Bell’s palsy is quite similar to a traditional cosmetic facelift, but Dr. Azizzadeh addresses the specific problem areas of facial nerve paralysis. He improves facial balance by meticulously focusing on the paralyzed side of the face to make it harmonious with the other side of the face, creating an even appearance. It’s important to remember that facelift surgery does not promote improved facial movement because repairing or improving the facial nerve is not a part of the procedure.
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